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2004: Jalen Announces Source Award Nominees

June 23, 2008

September 9, 2004 – The Source magazine assembled Ludacris, Kurtis
Blow, Mobb Deep, Lady Saw, Fat Joe, Silkk the Shocker, Remy Ma, Lil
Jon, Vivica A. Fox, DMC and the WWE’s John Cena on Thursday , and that
was just to announce their upcoming awards show. Imagine who’ll show up
when the real shindig tapes October 10 in Miami for broadcast November
30 on BET.

Kanye West shined as a rapper and producer, with songs he either put
out himself or produced for other acts earning seven nominations. And
despite denouncing The Source and it’s co-owner Ray Benzino time and
time again, G-Unit could take home up to six awards for either their
work together, individually or as guest artists. Together, G-Unit are
up for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and for Single of the Year –
Group for "Stunt 101."

The Jiggaman didn’t do too shabbily, either. Jay-Z scored four
nominations, most notably for Artist of the Year – Male Solo, Lyricist
of the Year and Album of the Year, where his The Black Album faces off
against Kanye’s The College Dropout, Twista’s Kamikaze, Luda’s
Chicken-N-Beer and G-Unit’s Beg for Mercy.

"Although it’s been around for 30 years now, we’re seeing the beginning
of the hip-hop generation really taking charge and becoming the
dominant force in moving this country forward in the next 10 or 20
years," Source founder Dave Mays said at the press conference.

NBA star Jalen Rose of the Toronto Raptors, who was there to help
announce the nominees, told the rappers and other attendees he was
elated to see hip-hop take it this far. "Being born and raised in
Detroit, Michigan, I wanna say thank you to The Source for being like a
bible to hip-hop, making me feel like these ladies and gentlemen were
in my living room every day," he said. "I could go buy The Source and
follow these ladies and gentleman. I want to give you much respect, not
only as a fan, but as role models. I see the things y’all doing, I hear
the positive things y’all saying. Keep doing y’all damn thing."